Dur"ance (?), n. [OF. durance duration, fr. L. durans, -antis, p. pr. durare to endure, last. See Dure, and cf. Durant.]
Continuance; duration. See Endurance.
Of how short durance was this new-made state!
Imprisonment; restraint of the person; custody by a jailer; duress. Shak.
In durance, exile, Bedlam or the mint.
A stout cloth stuff, formerly made in imitation of buff leather and used for garments; a sort of tammy or everlasting.
Where didst thou buy this buff? let me not live but I will give thee a good suit of durance.
In modern manufacture, a worsted of one color used for window blinds and similar purposes
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